Toby Samuel in the 2020 British Tour, London, UK
Toby Samuel in the 2020 British Tour, London, UK ยฆ (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Samuel claims title in ITF Winston-Salem

By Glenys Furness

  • Toby Samuel claimed ITF Winston-Salem title
  • Brit was second seed
  • Didn’t drop a set all event
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – Toby Samuel entered the ITF event and was the second seed. The Brit was coming off the back of a title run in Arkansas. Samuel didn’t drop a set en route.


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After his successful run to the Fayetteville title last week, Toby Samuel was the second seed in Winston-Salem. In the first round the Brit was against American Cash Hanzlik. Samuel and Hanzlik went toe to toe at the start of the first set, before the seed managed to secure the break of serve and move ahead. The second set was dominated by the Brit who didn’t give the American chance to get back into the match. Samuel took the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

The second round saw the Brit against Swiss qualifier Jeffrey Von Der Schulenberg. Samuel dominated the match from the start, not letting the Swiss player get into the game. Von Der Schulenberg struggled to hold serve in both sets, and soon the seed had taken the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

In the quarter-final Samuel was against seventh seed Taha Baadi. The Canadian stayed with the Brit in the first set, and looked to be forcing a tiebreak. However, the second seed managed to secure the vital break of serve right at the end to take the lead. The second set was a little easier for Samuel, although Baadi once again forced the second seed to dig deep. Samuel was able to break and take the match 7-5, 6-4.

The semi-final saw Samuel against another qualifier Robin Catry. The Frenchman was no match for the seed though, and the Brit stormed through the first set. The second was also dominated by Samuel, but Catry managed to hold serve a couple of times. The second seed moved into the final 6-1, 6-2.

In the final the Brit was against fifth seed American Alex Michelsen. Once again Samuel dominated the first set, as the American couldn’t get a handle on the Brit’s game. The second set though was much much closer. The second seed and Michelsen went toe to toe, and at one point it looked like a tiebreak was in the offing. However, Samuel managed to break right towards the end of the set and took the match and back to back ITF title 6-1, 7-5.


Challenger & ITF Round Up

Ben Jones was defeated by Jakob Schnaitter in the first round in Winston-Salem 6-3, 7-6(1).

James Story was defeated by Alex Michelsen in the quarter-final in Winston-Salem 7-6(8), 7-5.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Tomas Machac in the first round in Bratislava 6-4, 7-5.

Liam Broady was defeated by Maximillian Marterer in the quarter-final in Bratislava 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Giles Hussey was defeated by Mitchell Krueger in the first round in Knoxville 7-6, 6-1.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Enzo Couacaud in the second round in Knoxville 6-4, 6-2.

Paul Jubb was defeated by Lucas Gerch in the second round in Knoxville 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Nikolas Sanchez Izquierdo in the first round in Roanne 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Arthur Fery was defeated by Charles Broom in the first round in Calgary 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Charles Broom was defeated by Aleksandar Vukic in the second round in Calgary 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Genaro Alberto Olivieri in the first round in Montevideo 7-5, 7-5.

Stuart Parker was defeated by Kacper Zuk in the semi-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Alastair Gray was defeated by Kacper Zuk in the final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-4.

Rahul Dhokia was defeated by Darian King in the first round in Austin 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1.

Hamish Stewart was defeated by Siem Woldeab in the first round in Austin 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-1.

Jack Pinnington-Jones was defeated by Christian Sigsgaard in the quarter-final in Austin 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.

Tiffany William was defeated by Katherine Duong in the second round in Champaign 6-3, 6-3.

Damian Rodriguez was defeated by Jacob Bradshaw in the first round in Heraklion 6-4, 7-6(3).

Daniel Little was defeated by Khumoyun Sultanov in the first round in Heraklion 6-4, 6-1.

Luke Simkiss was defeated by Robin Bertrand in the first round in Monastir 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-0.

Anna Brogan was defeated by Lina Glushko in the first round in Kiryat Motzkin 6-2, 6-1.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Ekaterina Reyngold in the second round in Kiryat Motzkin 6-1, 6-2.

Abigail Amos was defeated by Vlada Ekshibarova in the first round in Solarino 6-3, 6-0.

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